April 28, 2015
I Don't Like This Show
It starts out with two neighbor women who are so obsessed with interior decorating that they can't even focus on a simple card game.
Next comes a sequence poking fun at the popular "modern" furniture trend of the 50's. It's cute but not hilarious, and the humor relies on over-elaborate props that must have been very expensive. I prefer comedy that comes from the talents involved. For instance, Burns and Allen, who managed to make very funny shows with the simplest sets ever.
Then Joan knocks a whole bottle of ink over on her neighbor's pristine white rug, predictably. We knew that rug was a goner the moment it was mentioned as Mabel's "pride and joy." What happens next is as silly as you'd expect, and it's pretty much all physical comedy.
I see this as a dumb show featuring airheaded women who would never get into the situations they do if they had one single ounce of common sense. I will concede you might like it if you're a big fan of physical comedy.
Some shows seem to have held up quite well over the years, such as Burns and Allen, Jack Benny or the Goldbergs. I feel this one just didn't age well.
February 27, 2008
Dated But Still Entertaining
Unlike most episodes of the 1952-1955 sitcom "I Married Joan", this one has a fairly dated premise. Joan and her friend both admire each others houses, and decide to swap houses for a week. However, Joan quickly grows sick of her friends "Modern" house, and the episode hilariously mocks the new "Modern" designs of the 50's (For those who watch the films in the Prelinger section, it's comforting to know that even back then, Many people hated the style). Prehaps I'm over-analyzing, But the first half of this episode really does seem like a parody of the then-latest trends.
The 2nd half is more straight-forward as it is typical 50's comedy about an ink stain, But this too is dated, containing several references which are long out-of-date.
However, The episode is saved by some hilarious dialog, and some excellent comedy acting by Joan Davis. This episode isn't a timeless classic, But it is still very enjoyable, and it's an amusing time-capsule of both the good and bad parts of the 50's.